Theodor Kirchner (1823-1903) was a composer during the 19th century. He hobnobbed with all of the era's luminaries, but he never achieved any great success of his own, despite being a very prolific composer. He gambled frequently and was always in debt. His friends usually bailed him out, but he was right back at the tables shortly thereafter. Clara Schumann helped him out a number of times, but finally gave up, calling him a "big rascal". Later, he abandoned his family and moved on his own to where he was supported by Hans von Bülow and Brahms. He was struck blind towards the end of his life, and died in poverty.